Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
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March Books 22) Saucer Country, vol 1: Run, by Paul Cornell

Rather than wait for the Hugo Voter Pack to become available, I downloaded a few of the nominated works available in electronic form after last night's announcement, and selected this nominee for Best Graphic Story to read first.

Paul Cornell takes us to New Mexico, where the governor has just announced her candidacy for President, and at the same time she and her husband are mixed up in a peculiar incident of apparent alien abduction. It isn't utterly dissimilar to his London Falling, which also has establishment figures from unusual backgrounds (his varied police squad) having to deal with the unexpectedly sfnal in their work.

Cornell deconstructs the lore of UFOlogy entertainingly (largely through a massive infodump in the last of the six issues collected here, issued by a character who talks to the Pioneer plaque people); meanwhile sinister political forces which want to bring down the governor are at least partly aware of what is going on, and conspiracies simmer. It's good fun, and I hope I enjoy the other three nominees in this category as much (I won't be reading Schlock Mercenary).
Tags: bookblog 2013, comics, hugos 2013, writer: paul cornell
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